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  • Nestled between the world’s largest ocean,

  • driest desert,

  • longest mountain range,

  • and southernmost grasslands,

  • is Santiago de Chile.

  • It’s no wonder that this South American capital is a city of extremes.

  • Bienvenidos a Santiago,

  • a cosmopolitan city where you can be whoever you want to be.

  • Dine out in elegant business districts,

  • grab a Churro in an urban park

  • or hand-pick fresh seafood in a historic market hall.

  • Delve into classic art museums or get inspired by bohemian street art.

  • Escape the heat in modern,

  • air-conditioned malls or find sanctuary in historic cathedrals.

  • Treat your palate to a fine wine,

  • or down a beer in one of the city’s favorite bars.

  • No matter what you are looking for, Santiago has it all.

  • Framed by mountain ranges,

  • Santiago is often shrouded in a hazy cloud.

  • In this soft light, the well-worn stones of the city’s oldest districts

  • recall the atmosphere of the old Europe.

  • Chile is theCountry of Poets

  • and its romantic urban parks that show us the simple delights of the old days,

  • before the digital world arrived.

  • Outside of the historic district Santiago

  • is buzzing with energy and growth.

  • Shiny skyscrapers tell a story of a thriving city

  • with its eyes fixed on the future.

  • Free-spirited students, artists,

  • and businesspeople make this one of South America’s most progressive cities.

  • The central Plaza de Armas is the perfect starting point for first-time visitors.

  • Browse its arts stalls or have a drink in one of the square’s lively cafés

  • to mingle with friendlyChilenos”.

  • Admire some of the city’s oldest buildings and step into the Metropolitan Cathedral,

  • a place for devotion and contemplation.

  • Still in the plaza,

  • make your way up the historic bell tower of the National History Museum.

  • See how 16th-century Spanish conquistadores

  • planned the capital around Santa Lucía Hill,

  • the spot where the city was founded.

  • Of course, thousands of years before the Spanish arrived,

  • Chile already had a thriving civilization.

  • Today, only a few indigenous groups remain.

  • The Civic District along Ahumada Boulevard is home to La Moneda Palace,

  • which was the colonial mint and is now the seat of Government.

  • The original palace was bombed when

  • General Augusto Pinochet seized power in 1973.

  • The Museum of Memory and Human Rights

  • reminds visitors of the thousands of victims of his repressive rule.

  • The people fought back and Chile is now a prosperous and free nation.

  • As the country’s beloved poet Pablo Neruda once said:

  • You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”

  • Since the 1990s Santiago has flourished and is today one of the

  • hippest capitals in South America.

  • Don’t miss Parque Forestal

  • This green corridor gives access to some of the

  • city’s most remarkable art museums and sculptures.

  • Take a peak inside Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho,

  • a monumental train station turned exhibition space

  • with café and restaurant.

  • Rent a bike and head to Providencia to see the jumble of artworks

  • in the Parque de las Esculturas.

  • Keep riding northeast to Vitacura to feed the swans in Parque Bicentenario

  • or pull up a beach chair.

  • To the south of the city is Pirque,

  • where you can tour the famous Concha y Toro winery.

  • The experience will make you a connoisseur of the region’s chardonnay

  • and the viña’s tasting sessions are a feast for the senses.

  • If you’d rather drink a coldcerveza",

  • visit a sidewalk café in the central Bellavista neighborhood.

  • Browse craft shops, look for precious antiques,

  • and check out the area’s colorful street art.

  • From Bellavista,which is Spanish forbeautiful views”,

  • you can scale the city’s revered hill, Cerro San Cristóbal.

  • take one last look at sparkling Santiago

  • before you set out to explore Chile’s many natural treasures.

Nestled between the world’s largest ocean,

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    Eric Wang posted on 2017/10/09
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